Time is a Train…

Time is a Train…

In an earlier post today, we discussed the cost of wasting time and some strategies for leveraging those moments when you might be tempted to ‘kill time’. I like the way Bono expresses the ‘opportunity cost’ of lost time in this live performance of “Zoo Station”. “Time is a train

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Defining Credibility is SMART as Hell

Defining Credibility is SMART as Hell

Specificity is at the heart of creating goals, actions, decisions, communications – even a life – that is SMART as Hell. Too much of life revolves around vagueness, guesswork, and general confusion. Hey, I like mystery as much as the next guy – especially if the next guy is Sherlock

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Killing Time

Killing Time

How many times have you heard or used the phrase “I’m just killing time”? My wife Angie hates that expression almost as much as when I say that I’ve “done” a place – like, “We’ve already done New York” or “been there, done that”. She feels that both phrases trivialize

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Photo Jolts! How is this Lion Dancer a Metaphor for Ambition?

Photo Jolts! How is this Lion Dancer a Metaphor for Ambition?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for good ambition? How is this photo a metaphor for bad ambition? What about ambition is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity

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Evaluating A Meal

Evaluating A Meal

Any mealtime provides the perfect time – and place – to reflect on your evaluation methods, skills, and tools. As an example, a few weeks ago, Angie and I had dinner at Singapore’s PS Cafe in Ann Siang Hill. As I keep writing on this blog, we all evaluate. Additionally,

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The Path to Ruin

The Path to Ruin

Do you have trouble saying ‘no’? While being a ‘yes man’ is almost always seen as negative, we do have a tendency to reward “can-do” behavior. We don’t have a lot of language that celebrates the “can’t-do” or “won’t-do” personality. That said, there’s a strong case to be made for

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Photo Jolts! How is this Gate a Metaphor for Ambition?

Photo Jolts! How is this Gate a Metaphor for Ambition?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for good ambition? How is this photo a metaphor for bad ambition? What about ambition is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity

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Evaluating Your Evaluations

Evaluating Your Evaluations

Evaluation is a fundamental part of our lives. We evaluate ourselves and others. Others evaluate us. We often seek evaluation. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are four types of evaluation: Intuition: Using words to evaluate output or products. Deliberation: Using words to evaluation the competencies or criteria that

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Something to Grow Into

Something to Grow Into

Why do people set wimpy goals? I mean, I get why people set wimpy work goals – because missing the goals will impact their salary and bonus. And I get why people don’t share big goals with others – they’re afraid of looking stupid if they miss them. But there’s

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Photo Jolts! How is This Scene a Metaphor for Ambition?

Photo Jolts! How is This Scene a Metaphor for Ambition?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for good ambition? How is this photo a metaphor for bad ambition? What about ambition is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity

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I Rock at Safety!

I Rock at Safety!

True story… As part of our companies old performance review process, employees were expected to provide a self-assessment against roughly 20 criteria. Employees would rate their performance as ‘needs improvement’, ‘meets requirements’, ‘exceeds requirements’, or ‘far exceeds requirements’. One of these 20 criteria was ‘Safety’. As a manager I would receive

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Better Than A Billboard

Better Than A Billboard

I’ve noticed something interesting when I’m helping people gain clarity around their mission, vision, and goals – people are obsessed with slogans. Maxims, mottos, mantras, one-liners, battle calls, catchphrases, refrains, taglines, ear worms, expressions, memes, or sound bites; no matter the name, we’re obsessed with them. Here are a few

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Photo Jolts! How is this Hunter a Metaphor for Ambition?

Photo Jolts! How is this Hunter a Metaphor for Ambition?

Use anything in this photo as inspiration for your metaphor. How is this photo a metaphor for good ambition? How is this photo a metaphor for bad ambition? What about ambition is missing from this photo? Share your responses below. Drive coaching, team building, or creativity exercises with PhotoJolts! activity

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Photo Jolts! Video: Who Will Come to Your Emotional Rescue?

Photo Jolts! Video: Who Will Come to Your Emotional Rescue?

In this video, learning legend Thiagi and I demonstrate a Photo Jolt activity titled “Emotional Rescue”. To play this game, One partner chooses an emotion and writes it down. That partner silently chooses an image that represents the emotion. The second partner then attempts to guess the emotion, based on

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The Curse of Bi-Polar Evaluation

The Curse of Bi-Polar Evaluation

Last week, we discussed the Four Slices of Evaluation: Intuition, Deliberation, Rubrics, and Metrics. While Intuition (using words to evaluate an output or product) and Deliberation (using words to evaluate a competency or criteria of the output or product) are useful, they should rarely – if ever – be used

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A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals

A Graphic Guide to Writing SMART as Hell Goals follows Mickey, a new employee, on his journey from SMART to SMART as Hell. In this fast paced comic book by award-winning author Glenn Hughes, you’ll watch Mickey rebound from a failed meeting with his boss Amy, by getting clarity around his

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SMART as Hell Advice

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SMART as Hell Advice

Do your goals lack punch? Are you struggling for the motivation to realize your dreams? Do you sometimes wish you could get a nice pat on the back AND a good kick in the butt? SMART as Hell Advice is your antidote. In this book, award-winning goal expert Glenn Hughes gathers

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Photo Jolts!

Looking to increase clarity, creativity, and conversation?  Photo Jolts! shows you how to leverage the power of photographs to improve yourself, your team, or your organization. Master trainer Thiagi and SMART as Hell.com founder Glenn Hughes share 51 activities (with over 300 variations) that are tested and proven to help participants

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